Events at Philip Pocock Secondary School
This year Philip Pocock Secondary School developed a partnership with CSA in order to promote the stories and lives of the women who benefit from donations from CSA. Pocock’s campaign officially launched with the visit of His Excellency Bishop Kussala to speak to the students both about his own journey and the mission of the Canadian Samaritans in his diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan. In the fall every homeroom class was given the story of a woman who is being helped by the Canadian Samaritans.
The students in that class adopted this woman for the year – they learned and read her story and discussed some of the challenges she faces. They also had the opportunity as a class to write to this woman with questions, words of encouragement and prayers. In May and June, Pocock school received an abundance of letters from these women giving an update as to how they were doing, and this formed a strong connection with the Pocock students who have developed a relationship with the communities being served.
The Pocock school community followed this up with a CSA marketplace fundraiser selling craft goods hand-made by some of the women supported by CSA. This fundraiser brought in $250. Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School looks forward to continuing their relationship and supporting the work of CSA.
Pity is not enough, compassion is a real and deep human feeling, sympathy and empathy are good, but solidarity is better, and collaboration is the best thing we can offer to Africans especially the women and children who want to work hard to realize a better future for themselves and their children.
- Stan Chu Ilo